Enhancing diversity in UK wheat through a public sector prebreeding programme

Lead Research Organisation: National Inst of Agricultural Botany
Department Name: Centre for Research

Abstract

Food security is becoming a critical issue both in the UK and worldwide due to rapid population expansion, dietary changes, climate change and declining fossil fuel stocks. In the next 50 years, we will need to grow as much wheat grain as has been produced since the beginning of agriculture, some 10,000 years ago. The requirement to enhance the amount of wheat grown in the UK creates a major challenge for research. We need to develop new wheat varieties which have higher yields with lower nutrient requirements, whilst retaining the quality of the grain. Historically the Plant Breeding Institute (PBI) made experimental crosses with wild wheats and related grasses, capable of transferring traits of high agronomic potential into wheat, but still requiring further breeder selection to generate varieties with elite performance. However, the PBI was privatised in 1987 and research developing new experimental crosses of this kind almost stopped. This has created a major bottleneck for wheat breeders, because they do not have the necessary new experimental lines from which to develop new varieties with increased yield. The objective of this proposal is to re-establish a pre-breeding programme in wheat developing such experimental crosses in the UK. Such a pre-breeding programme will produce wheat germplasm, characterised for the next generation of key traits, such as yield, and will identify genetic markers for selecting these traits, in breeding programmes and for the academic community. We will develop novel pre-breeding wheat germplasm, using three different but complementary strategies, to maximise the introduction of diversity and beneficial traits into a range of wheat lines. First we will develop germplasm from crosses involving wheat landraces or locally adapted varieties, derived from exiting germplasm collections. Secondly we will create synthetic hexaploid wheats by artificially crossing tetraploid or 'pasta' wheats with diploid wheat progenitors. This captures diversity in both the tetraploid and diploid wheat progenitors. The potential of these synthetics is illustrated by their success in the CIMMYT breeding programme. Thirdly we will use a technique called alien introgression, to transfer small segments of chromosomes of wild relatives containing the target genes, into wheat. Wild and cultivated relatives (alien species) provide a wealth of genetic variation for all characters of importance relative to yield, climate change and the environment. The impact of this approach has been illustrated by the transfer of rust resistance by Sears in the US saving its economy several billion dollars in the intervening years. The parental material used in the initial prebreeding crosses will be characterised to ensure the maximal levels of diversity are being exploited. New sequencing technologies will be used to generate very high density maps, providing the breeding companies with markers for 'precision' breeding, and the academic researchers with markers for fine dissection of key traits. Key target traits relating to yield, of interest to both UK breeders and academics, have been identified. We will screen for, biomass and enhanced N and P use efficiency, Take-All and insect resistance including Bulb fly and Aphids. The programme will not involve the actual cloning of the genes responsible for these particular traits, but will provide the germplasm as the starting point for such projects. The new germplasm generated in this project will be exploited by breeders for crossing with their elite lines to develop new varieties for use by farmers. All the information generated in the programme will be stored in a central database, and seed stored centrally, both being freely available within the UK to both academics and breeders alike.

Technical Summary

We propose a pre-breeding wheat programme to develop novel populations containing key agronomic traits as starting materials for the development of new varieties by plant breeders and the main resource for understanding the biological basis of these key traits. In collaboration with key stakeholders we have identified the most relevant and important yield and quality traits to study. We will focus on biomass and nutrient use efficiency, Take-all resistance and resistance to Bulb fly and Aphids. The programme will be structured around three complementary 'pillars', each of which will broaden the pool of genetic variation in wheat by a different route. The first will develop germplasm from crosses involving wheat landraces or locally adapted varieties, derived from the 'Watkins' and other collections. The second will create synthetic hexaploid wheats by artificially crossing tetraploid wheats with diploid wheat progenitors. This will capture diversity in both the tetraploid and diploid wheat progenitors. The third will use alien introgression to transfer small segments of chromosomes of wild relatives containing the target genes, into wheat. Wild and cultivated relatives (alien species) provide a wealth of genetic variation for all characters of importance relative to yield, climate change and the environment. A fourth pillar, which will involve the production of the elite performing wheat, will be undertaken independently by the breeding companies. The parental material used in the initial crosses will be genotyped, ensuring the maximal levels of diversity are being exploited. Next generation sequencing will generate very high density maps, providing the breeding companies with markers for 'precision' breeding, and academics with markers for fine dissection of key traits. Detailed phenotypic characterisation of the material will identify the best lines to be taken forward by the breeders and/or the academic partners to dissect the biology of the key traits.

Planned Impact

The development of a prebreeding programme to support the development of new varieties of wheat, a key crop for the UK, will have a major impact in addressing elements of the global challenge of food security. The beneficiaries of this work will be the UK wheat breeding community, the academic wheat community, international breeding centres and the Developing world. UK wheat breeders. The UK private wheat breeders have been consulted and engaged at every stage of the development of this proposal to ensure that this proposal and the consequent outputs are entirely relevant to their requirements. In recognition of the potential impact of this work, the British Society of Plant Breeders (BSPB), have written to BBSRC giving their strong support to the initiative. In discussion with the breeders, we have defined the populations, genotyping and phenotyping to be undertaken, with the collective objective of generating germplasm characterised for increased biomass, resource use efficiency and resistances to disease and insects. These are priority biological targets that the breeders have identified as being of most importance to them. Thus, as the germplasm is generated and characterised during the course of the programme, it will be available for trialling by the breeders within their own programmes. In addition, the breeders will be key stakeholders on the steering committee for the programme, ensuring that they remain informed and influential in determining the focus on specific populations to be generated and traits to study. This engagement will maxmise the BBSRC investment in relation to the development of economically relevant varieties. The programme will provide a direct bridge between the UK plant community funded by BBSRC and the privately funded wheat breeding programmes. Economic impact. The USDA reviewed the impact of the PBI pre-breeding programme before it closed in 1987. It concluded that the investment return of this programme for the UK economy covered the costs of all future research of an institute like the John Innes Centre well into the 21st century. There are clear examples of the exploitation of wild relatives and exotic germplasm to introduce novel resistance, yield or drought characteristics into wheat which have resulted in economic impacts globally of hundreds of million and in some cases billions of dollars. One example being the dwarfing gene for the green revolution introduced via a Japanese wheat Norin 10 from a Japanese landrace Shiro Daruma. Close on half the resistance genes for stem rust and leaf rust resistance originated in species which were not either bread or pasta wheats. More recently 25% of wheat now produced for Developing countries from CIMMYT's wheat programme is derived from wheat synthetics. If a novel source of Take-All resistance in wild species can be transferred to wheat, this would substantially alter european farming and crop rotation. International Breeding Centres. Many of the academics within this programme are also involved in interactions with CIMMYT, INRA, GATES foundation and wheat breeding programmes in the US and Australia. There is the opportunity during the course of this programme to enhance the exploitation of the germplasm generated by making it available through interactions with these international centres as many of the targets identified are also important to their own breeding programmes. Social and Training impact. Following privatisation of the PBI, wheat researchers with a whole range of skills have become dispersed across different types of institutes and universities in the UK. This programme will bring that skill base together, providing a framework within which young researchers can be trained in a wide range of skills involved in population development, genotyping and phenotyping. These key skills will be required to underpin future UK wheat programmes both in the public and private sectors.

Publications

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Atkinson J (2018) Annual Plant Reviews online

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Bassi FM (2016) Breeding schemes for the implementation of genomic selection in wheat (Triticum spp.). in Plant science : an international journal of experimental plant biology

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Bentley AR (2014) Applying association mapping and genomic selection to the dissection of key traits in elite European wheat. in TAG. Theoretical and applied genetics. Theoretische und angewandte Genetik

 
Title SEED: Grow, Splice Discover 
Description Advisor to All Seeing Eye in development of "SEED: Grow, Splice, Discover", a Virtual Reality computer game, finalist and winner of the Wellcome Trust/Epic Games Developing Beyond competition 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact Increased engagement of general public with plant breeding in general and in the role of crop improvement in social, economic and food security. 
URL http://allseeing.co/seed/
 
Title Wheat re-synthesis animation 
Description Local animator approached NIAB asking to make an animation to explain NIAB's work on re-synthesis and pre-breeding 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2013 
Impact Very favourable feedback from those who have seen it 
URL http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M7bN2C1Pjs0
 
Description Bread wheat is an allohexaploid which combines in a single genome (AABBDD) the genomes of three diploid grass species, namely Trititcum urartu (AA), a species related to Aegilops speltoides (BB) and Aegilops tauschii (DD). As a limited number of lines probably contributed to the evolution of wheat, diversity is limited, and selection over time, by early farmers and then via more targeted breeding efforts is reported to have reduced this diversity further. In particular, a lack of diversity as a result of the "genetic bottleneck" of the D-genome contribution to hexaploid wheat has been reported by numerous authors. In this project we aim to increase levels of diversity of hexaploid wheat via exploitation of diversity present in progenitor species.
D-genome diversity
NIAB has assembled a collection of 430 Ae. tauschii (DD) accessions from six international gene banks. A sub-group of 255 accessions was selected to provide a balanced geographic representation of the species adaptation range. From this a set of 50 D-genome donor lines have been identified according to the methodologies outlined in the FIGS strategy, utilising both genetic distance and eco-geographic data for selecting suitable germplasm to incorporate into breeding programes. The D-genome donor lines indentified were selected on the basis of their potential to offer novel sources of genetic diversity outside of what currently exists in modern bread wheat and the extended genepool captured within the CIMMYT resynthesis programme. A manuscript entitled 'A strategy for exploiting exotic germplasm using genetic, morphological and environmental diversity: the Aegilops tauschii Coss. example.' describing the methodology for selecting accessions was published in 2013 in Theoretical and Applied Genetics.



In order to transfer potential D-genome diversity into hexaploid wheat we are generating synthetic hexaploid wheat lines (AABB x DD) using three tetraploid (T. durum) parents. By the end of 2013, 30 unique D-genome donors had been captured and 30 further successful crosses have now been made and are undergoing embryo rescue, vernalization and chromosome doubling. Some of these lines will be lost at each of these steps, but we successfully generated 50 novel SHWs. Seed set is variable between each novel synthetic and ranges from 1 seed to 12 seeds. Once these primary synthetics were generated they were backcrossed into the elite UK cultivars 'Robigus' (winter wheat) and 'Paragon' (spring wheat). The SHW lines have been backcrossed to both parents with an F1 production rate of between ten and twenty seeds per combination and the majority of the material is at BC1F4. The material is grown in the field once it has reached the BC1F5 generation to allow for seed multiplication, physical assessment and to provide seed to partners.
A & B genome diversity
An assembly of tetraploid donors including 10 emmers, 32 wild emmers (T. dicoccoides) and 25 durum wheat accessions have been created using genotype and phenotype characters identified in previous studies. A preliminary crossing programme was initiated in spring 2011 to develop a suitable crossing methodology. Two cultivated emmers (AABB) were crossed in a full dialele with both 'Robigus' and 'Paragon'. When the tetraploid was used as the female, the F1 seed was sterile, so the hexaploid parent will be used as the maternal parent in all future crosses. Several rounds of F1 and BC1 crossing between the tetraploid accessions and 'Robigus' and 'Paragon' have now been completed. The most advanced material in the 'Paragon' and 'Robigus' backgrounds was assessed in the field in 2013 and has been assessed over subsequent seasons, as above.
In addition, a collection of 161 wild emmer accessions from gene banks were grown at NIAB and JIC during the summer. Morphological and grain characteristics were determined including grain shape, size, and weight. Plants with phenotypic extremes, but constant for other characteristics (flowering time, height, etc) were crossed to develop the mapping populations. These have been recently sent for high density genotyping and will allow the mapping of tetraploid traits.
Chromosome segment substitution line (CSSL) development
CSSL development in this project follows a backcross scheme adapted from work on rice published in Liakat et al, (2010) Rice 3: 218-234
Ae. tauschii (DD)
The original Ae. tauschii donor was JIC2220007, an accession with an existing 8x BAC library. However, levels of SNP polymorphism between this accessions and the recurrent parent 'Paragon' have proved to be unexpectedly low hampering identification of SNPs for line development (K. Edwards, University of Bristol). Alternate Ae. tauschii lines were genotyped by the University of Bristol and an appropriate candidate has been identified (Ent-336). The BC1F1 generation was screened with 92 D-genome KASP markers and lines were selected for progression to BC2 based on the coverage of each linkage group. This was implemented again at the BC3 and BC4 generation. The BC4F1 progeny are currently undergoing marker-assisted selection and will then be selfed to produce the final material.
Tetraploid (AABB)
An Israeli wild emmer accession was selected as the donor for the A and B genomes on the basis of its grain characteristics and other novel agronomic features. A BAC library from this accession is currently under construction under (BBSRC BB/H018824/1). The BC1F1 generation was screened with selected KASP markers and 13 BC1 lines used in the production of the BC2F1s. Marker screening on the BC2F1s identified lines for progression to BC3 and BC4F1 lines have been recently sent to University of Bristol for genotyping and will then undergo marker-assisted selection to finalise the line development.



Ultimately, the plan for the CSSL programme is to identify a minimum of 10 overlapping donor segments per chromosome at BC4 using ~100 polymorphic SNP markers per chromosome. Selection of homozygotes will occur during subsequent selfing generations. NIAB, JIC and UoB are currently collaborating to develop markers to facilitate the development of the CSSL containing even representation of the diploid (DD) and tetraploid (AABB) genomes.
Exploitation Route The material described above can be used in breeding programmes. It represents novel genetic diversity over and above what is currently seen in the UK National and Recommended Lists. With this is the exciting potential that this genetic diversity confers functional diversity with relevance for improving wheat. For example, preliminary data on the SHWs show they have novel mutations for key grain characters that are involved in processing. This has potential use to the processing and animal feed sectors. The project is generating a significant amount of novel germplasm in the forms of primary synthetic hexaploid wheat (SHW) (generated via AABB x DD crossing), SHW backcrossed into elite UK-adapted backgrounds, tetraploid diversity backcrossed into elite UK-adapted backgrounds and tetraploid mapping populations. These can be used as a direct mechanism to introduce favourable traits into breeding programs and for the identification, mapping and potentially cloning of genes of interest. The material is being taken forward within the new Designing Future Wheat Institute Strategic Programme (BB/P016855/1)



The characterisation of this material in the field will also provide invaluable information on the role of expanded diversity on general as well as specific agronomic performance and selection for traits as well as for overall performance will greatly aid in the uptake of promising diversity from the developed germplasm.



The levels of seed available for all of the material generated to date remains low, although bulks are now being produced of the SHWs. Selections made in the field in 2013 were based mostly on single plants so there is not sufficient seed for distribution, although the material will be re-grown in 2014. All of the uniform material selected as rows in 2013 has been sent to Rothamsted Research for inclusion in field phenotyping activities in 2014.
Sectors Agriculture, Food and Drink

URL http://www.wheatisp.org/
 
Description The material generated in this project is of direct relevance to the incorporation of new genetic diversity into wheat. As such it is relevant across the wheat breeding sector as well as tools for ongoing wheat research. Although the generation of germplasm is ongoing, the early stage material from the programme has been assessed by a number of private companies and public organisations and a number of germplasm requests have been made. In 2016 we initiated a Breeders Toolkit (http://www.niab.com/pages/id/419/Breeders__Toolkit) to enable requests for seed and also deposited the most promising material in the Germplasm Resources Unit at the John Innes Centre, Norwich. This has allowed wider access to the material and it has been provided to researchers and industry throughout the world. The material is now being actively exploited as part of the Designing Future Wheat programme which encompasses the interogation of specific benefits from using the material developed in this project.
First Year Of Impact 2014
Sector Agriculture, Food and Drink,Environment
Impact Types Societal,Economic

 
Description Case study for UK Agritech Strategy, p23
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
URL https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/227259/9643-BIS-UK_Agri_Te...
 
Description Dr Phil Howell 17/01/2015 All Party Parliamentary Group on Science & Technology in Agriculture; Invited talk on wheat genetics and breeding including prebreeding and resynthesis
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description RTB ISC
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
URL http://www.rtb.cgiar.org/independent-steering-committee/
 
Description BBSRC ISPG
Amount £24,007,325 (GBP)
Funding ID BB/P016855/1 
Organisation Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2017 
End 03/2022
 
Description FSOV 2012
Amount £228,673 (GBP)
Funding ID FSOV 2012J 
Organisation French Wheat Research Fund (FSOV) 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country France
Start 10/2012 
End 09/2015
 
Description FSOV 2016
Amount € 449,650 (EUR)
Organisation French Wheat Research Fund (FSOV) 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country France
Start 10/2016 
End 09/2019
 
Description Newton-Bhabha fund
Amount £1,611,037 (GBP)
Funding ID BB/N013360/1 
Organisation Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2016 
End 12/2018
 
Description Newton-Bhabha fund
Amount £1,628,855 (GBP)
Funding ID BB/N012441/1 
Organisation Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2016 
End 12/2018
 
Description PolyBléD - Quelles nouvelles polyploïdisations réaliser pour améliorer l'adaptation du blé tendre aux contraintes à venir?
Amount € 467,331 (EUR)
Organisation French Wheat Research Fund (FSOV) 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country France
Start 10/2018 
End 09/2021
 
Description Transforming India's Green Revolution by Research and Empowerment for Sustainable food Supplies
Amount £7,035,021 (GBP)
Funding ID BB/P027970/1 
Organisation Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2017 
End 12/2021
 
Description Yellowhammer: A multi-locus strategy for durable yellow rust resistance in wheat, in the face of a rapidly changing pathogen landscape
Amount £548,682 (GBP)
Funding ID BB/R019231/1 
Organisation Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2018 
End 09/2022
 
Description SHW, BTK and donor seed 
Organisation University of Nottingham
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution small sample of novel Synthetic Hexaploid wheat (SHW), BTK and diploid and tetraploid donor seed provided for research purposes
Collaborator Contribution feedback following evaluation
Impact phenotypes following evaluation
Start Year 2014
 
Description UK small sample of novel Synthetic Hexaploid wheat (SHW) seed provided for research purposes 
Organisation Limagrain
Country France 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution small sample of novel Synthetic Hexaploid wheat (SHW) seed provided for research purposes
Collaborator Contribution feedback following evaluation of novel germplasm
Impact none yet
Start Year 2016
 
Description small sample of novel Synthetic Hexaploid wheat (SHW) seed provided for research purposes 
Organisation Agricultural Institute
Country Croatia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Agricultural Institute Osijek, Croatia small sample of novel Synthetic Hexaploid wheat (SHW) seed provided for research purposes
Collaborator Contribution feedback following evaluation of novel germplasm
Impact None yet
Start Year 2016
 
Description small sample of novel Synthetic Hexaploid wheat (SHW) seed provided for research purposes 
Organisation Agroscope
Country Switzerland 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution small sample of novel Synthetic Hexaploid wheat (SHW) seed provided for research purposes
Collaborator Contribution small sample of novel Synthetic Hexaploid wheat (SHW) seed provided for research purposes feedback following evaluation of novel germplasm
Impact non yet
Start Year 2016
 
Description small sample of novel Synthetic Hexaploid wheat (SHW) seed provided for research purposes 
Organisation Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation
Country Brazil 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution small sample of novel Synthetic Hexaploid wheat (SHW) seed provided for research purposes
Collaborator Contribution feedback following evaluation of novel germplasm
Impact NONE YET
Start Year 2016
 
Description small sample of novel Synthetic Hexaploid wheat (SHW) seed provided for research purposes 
Organisation Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation
Department CSIRO North Ryde
Country Australia 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution small sample of novel Synthetic Hexaploid wheat (SHW) seed provided for research purposes
Collaborator Contribution feedback following evaluation of novel germplasm
Impact none yet
Start Year 2016
 
Description small sample of novel Synthetic Hexaploid wheat (SHW) seed provided for research purposes 
Organisation Elsoms Seeds
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution small sample of novel Synthetic Hexaploid wheat (SHW) seed provided for research purposes
Collaborator Contribution feedback following evaluation of novel germplasm
Impact none yet
Start Year 2016
 
Description small sample of novel Synthetic Hexaploid wheat (SHW) seed provided for research purposes 
Organisation International Centre for Maize and Wheat Improvement (CIMMYT)
Country Mexico 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution small sample of novel Synthetic Hexaploid wheat (SHW) seed provided for research purposes
Collaborator Contribution feedback following evaluation of novel germplasm
Impact non yet
Start Year 2016
 
Description small sample of novel Synthetic Hexaploid wheat (SHW) seed provided for research purposes 
Organisation John Innes Centre
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution small sample of novel Synthetic Hexaploid wheat (SHW) seed provided for research purposes
Collaborator Contribution feedback following evaluation of novel germplasm
Impact none yet
Start Year 2016
 
Description small sample of novel Synthetic Hexaploid wheat (SHW) seed provided for research purposes 
Organisation KWS UK
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution small sample of novel Synthetic Hexaploid wheat (SHW) seed provided for research purposes
Collaborator Contribution feedback following evaluation of novel germplasm
Impact non yet
Start Year 2015
 
Description small sample of novel Synthetic Hexaploid wheat (SHW) seed provided for research purposes 
Organisation National Institute of Agricultural Technology
Country Argentina 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution small sample of novel Synthetic Hexaploid wheat (SHW) seed provided for research purposes
Collaborator Contribution feedback following evaluation of novel germplasm
Impact none yet
Start Year 2016
 
Description small sample of novel Synthetic Hexaploid wheat (SHW) seed provided for research purposes 
Organisation Punjab Aricultural University
Country India 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution small sample of novel Synthetic Hexaploid wheat (SHW) seed provided for research purposes
Collaborator Contribution feedback following evaluation
Impact non yet
Start Year 2016
 
Description small sample of novel Synthetic Hexaploid wheat (SHW) seed provided for research purposes 
Organisation RAGT Seeds
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Learned Society 
PI Contribution small sample of novel Synthetic Hexaploid wheat (SHW) seed provided for research purposes
Collaborator Contribution feedback following evaluation of novel germplasm
Impact no outcomes yet
Start Year 2015
 
Description small sample of novel Synthetic Hexaploid wheat (SHW) seed provided for research purposes 
Organisation Rothamsted Research
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution small samples of novel Synthetic Hexaploid wheat (SHW), breeders toolkit, Ae tauschii and tetraploid wheat seed provided for research purposes
Collaborator Contribution feedback following evaluation
Impact phenotypic characterisation
Start Year 2014
 
Description small sample of novel Synthetic Hexaploid wheat (SHW) seed provided for research purposes 
Organisation Secobra Recherche
Country France 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Secobra Recherches Maule, France small sample of novel Synthetic Hexaploid wheat (SHW) seed provided for research purposes
Collaborator Contribution feedback following evaluation of novel germplasm
Impact none yet
Start Year 2016
 
Description small sample of novel Synthetic Hexaploid wheat (SHW) seed provided for research purposes 
Organisation Syngenta International AG
Department Syngenta Seeds
Country Switzerland 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution small sample of novel Synthetic Hexaploid wheat (SHW) seed provided for research purposes
Collaborator Contribution feedback following evaluation
Impact non yet
Start Year 2016
 
Description small sample of novel Synthetic Hexaploid wheat (SHW) seed provided for research purposes 
Organisation University of California, Davis
Department School of Medicine
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution small sample of novel Synthetic Hexaploid wheat (SHW) seed provided for research purposes
Collaborator Contribution feedback following evaluation
Impact None yet
Start Year 2016
 
Description small sample of novel Synthetic Hexaploid wheat (SHW) seed provided for research purposes 
Organisation University of Sydney
Country Australia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution small sample of novel Synthetic Hexaploid wheat (SHW) seed provided for research purposes
Collaborator Contribution feedback following evaluation of novel germplasm
Impact none yet
Start Year 2016
 
Description small samples of novel wheat material generated in WISP provided for evaluation 
Organisation DSV
Department DSV UK
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution small samples of novel wheat material generated in WISP provided for evaluation
Collaborator Contribution feedback following evaluation
Impact Non yet
Start Year 2015
 
Description small samples of novel wheat material generated in WISP provided for evaluation 
Organisation Florimond Desprez
Country France 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution small samples of novel wheat material generated in WISP provided for evaluation
Collaborator Contribution feedback following evaluation
Impact non yet
Start Year 2015
 
Description small samples of novel wheat material generated in WISP provided for evaluation 
Organisation New Hall Mill, Sutton Coldfield, UK
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution small samples of novel wheat material generated in WISP provided for evaluation
Collaborator Contribution feedback following evaluation
Impact non yet
Start Year 2015
 
Description small samples of novel wheat material generated in WISP provided for evaluation 
Organisation University of Manchester
Department Social Research with Deaf People
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution small samples of novel wheat material generated in WISP provided for evaluation
Collaborator Contribution feedback following evaluation
Impact non yet
Start Year 2014
 
Description 'Unnatural Selection' TV documentary 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Brief interview discussing pre-historic wheat domestication and role of pre-breeding in capturing genetic diversity of wild relatives

No notable impacts to date
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
URL http://www.terramater.at/productions/unnatural-selection/
 
Description AAB Conference presentation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Research presentation on NIAB cereal pre-breeding
Discussion afterwards including new engagement with Harper Adams research group
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Advisory Committee on Animal Feedingstuffs 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Invited talk to ACAF open meeting at Food Standards Authority, and participation in subsequent discussion

ACAF Secretariat exchanged contact details in case of further developments
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://acaf.food.gov.uk/acafmeets/acaf2014mtgs/acafmeet260214/min1401
 
Description Agritech Careers Fair 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact PH presented on NIAB's plant science research to an audience consisting mainly of post-graduates and early-stage researchers working on plant science / crop science within Cambridge University
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Article in Farmers Guardian 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Interview for an article published in Farmers Guardian "Genetic techniques will change varieties available by 2027" offering insights into the way in which research will shape the future of UK farming.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.fginsight.com/news/news/genetic-techniques-will-change-varieties-available-by-2027-21106
 
Description Association of French Breeders workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact NIAB hosted Association of French Breeders workshop on wheat pre-breeding including talks, glasshouse and field demonstrations at NIAB Sophi Taylor (6/7/17). Increased international coordination on pre-breeding and shared examples of best practice and impact.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description BBSRC Cross-Institute Breeding Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Attendance at BBSRC Cross-Institute workshop on predictive plant & animal breeding at Roslin Institute 08/10/2018
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description BBSRC Innovator of the Year 2014 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Finalist in 2014 IOTY competition
Shortlisted for the Social Innovator of the Year category for wheat re-synthesis and pre-breeding.
Iconic object to encapsulate the research - this was a set of ears from the different plants used on the way to developing our pre-breeding lines, set into a clear perspex block

increased media interest including coverage on BBC Radio 4 Farming Today and Easter Daily Press
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.bbsrc.ac.uk/news/people-skills-training/2014/140321-n-luke-alphey-wins-fostering-innovati...
 
Description BBSRC visit 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Supporters
Results and Impact Visit of Steve Visscher (Head of International Strategy, BBSRC) to discuss pre-breeding & visit plots 9/6/18
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description BMGF Grand Challenges workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation "Grand Challenges" meeting, Berlin, Germany flipchart "Tools & technologies to accelerate cereal crop genetic gain" 15/10/18
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description CIMMYT wheat breeding visit to NIAB 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact CIMMYT wheat breeding visit to NIAB: Alexey Morgounov and Tom Payne (16/6/17) including meeting and field visit to inspect breeding material in the field.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description CIMMYT-UK wheat meeting, Windsor 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Attendance at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation UK-CIMMYT wheat workshop exploring linkages between ongoing work and opportunities for future funding/collaborations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description CSIRO talk 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 30/06/2018 Invited talk "Progress in wheat pre-breeding and trait genetics at NIAB" at CSIRO, Canberra, Australia
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Cambridge-Africa Day 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Attendance at Cambridge-Africa 10th Anniversary meeting (1/5/18) and presentation of a poster detailing NIAB's work on germplasm development
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Campden-BRI and Warburtons; NIAB Presentation and discussions with senior R&D staff on pre-breeding and breadmaking quality 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Campden-BRI and Warburtons; NIAB Presentation and discussions with senior R&D staff on pre-breeding and breadmaking quality
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Cereals 2013 event 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Arable farming event attended by approx 20,000 visitors Display plots and information boards explaining wheat resynthesis, the importance of genetic diversity, and pre-breeding

no actual impacts realised to date
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Cereals 2015 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Prof Andy Greenland/Dr Phil Howell/Toby Barber/Dr Fiona Leigh (11-12 Jun 2015) field demonstration of lola/WISP material at the Cereals Event 2015, Lincolnshire
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Cereals 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Manned demonstration plots and information boards about the project aims and activities. Mixture of guided groups and individual visitors

Many discussions over the course of the two-day event
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Cereals 2017 event 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Participation in NIAB display at Cereals Event, Lincolnshire showing developed germplasm (in field plots) and posters describing key aims. Direct interaction with farmers and industry stakeholders including discussions of the impacts of research on UK and international agriculture
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.cerealsevent.co.uk/
 
Description Crop Production Magazine 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Several page article in June edition of CPM, exploring wheat resynthesis and pre-breeding Cover photo and story featured on pages 34-39 of magazine

no actual impacts realised to date
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description CropTec 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Invited talk at CropTec "Designing Future Wheat" 28/11/2018, Peterborough, UK
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Demonstration plots at Cereals 2014 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Many discussions with interested parties: farmers, breeders, agronomists etc

Discussions triggered many follow-up visits from breeders in subsequent weeks to look at NIAB field experiments for themselves
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Discussion with agronomists from Prime Agriculture 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation focusing on NIAB crop pre-breeding, with frequent interruptions to discuss points as they arose. Aim was to bring independent agronomists up to speed with developments in NIAB's crop science. Lively discussion.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Discussions with head of nabim R&D committee 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact NIAB Discussions with head of nabim R&D committee
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description DivSeek 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact DivSeek UK node meeting and invited talk "Phenotyping for Seed Diversity" 30/10/2018
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Dr Alison Bentley (June 16-17th 2015) Breeding Crops to Cope with Future Climate Change (AAB meeting) Leeds. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Dr Alison Bentley (June 16-17th 2015) Breeding Crops to Cope with Future Climate Change (AAB meeting) Leeds. Talk; Optimising wheat flowering time for a changing climate. Bentley AR, Horsnell R, Howell P, Gosman N, Howells R, Rose GA, Barber T, Cockram J, Greenland A, Mackay I
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Dr Alison Bentley (June 30th-July 3rd) Eucarpia-ITMI Cereal Section meeting, Germany. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Dr Alison Bentley (June 30th-July 3rd) Eucarpia-ITMI Cereal Section meeting, Germany. Talk;Multi-parent populations for the genetic dissection of agronomic traits Bentley AR, Horsnell R, Howell P, Gosman N, Howells R, Rose GA, Barber T, Cockram J, Greenland A, Mackay I
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Dr Alison Bentley 19/02/2016 Invited seminar Punjab Agricultural University, India 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Dr Alison Bentley 19/02/2016 Invited seminar Punjab Agricultural University, India Wheat pre-breeding seminar to scientists and students at Punjab Agricultural University
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Dr Alison Bentley 22/02/2016 Invited seminar at ICRISAT, India 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Dr Alison Bentley 22/02/2016 Invited seminar ICRISAT, India Wheat pre-breeding seminar to ICRISAT scientists
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Dr Alison Bentley (13-Jun-15_) Naked Genetics podcast 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Dr Alison Bentley (13-Jun-15_) Naked Genetics podcast http://www.thenakedscientists.com/HTML/interviews/interview/1001325/
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.thenakedscientists.com/HTML/interviews/interview/1001325/
 
Description Dr Alison Bentley (22/05/2015) Presentation at NIAB to European Friends of the Countryside: "Wheat pre-breeding at NIAB: from germplasm to genomics"  
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Dr Alison Bentley (22/05/2015) Presentation at NIAB to European Friends of the Countryside: "Wheat pre-breeding at NIAB: from germplasm to genomics"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Dr Alison Bentley (31/01/2016) Naked Scientist Radio interview - Food Security 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Dr Alison Bentley (31/01/2016) Naked Scientist Radio interview - Food Security at BBC, Cambridge. Live radio interview on the role of wheat breeding in future food security
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Dr Alison Bentley (April 16th-17th) Breeding for Bacon, Beer and Biofuels (Genetics Society) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Dr Alison Bentley (April 16th-17th) Breeding for Bacon, Beer and Biofuels (Genetics Society) Edinburgh. Talk; Applied genetics for wheat pre-breeding Bentley AR, Horsnell R, Cockram J, Howell P, Leigh F, Mackay I, Greenland A
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Dr Alison Bentley (Aug-15) Cambridge TV. Film for broadcast on Cambridge TV (new Ofcom-licensed channel for Cambridge) on "The Science of Plant Breeding"  
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Dr Alison Bentley (Aug-15) Cambridge TV. Film for broadcast on Cambridge TV (new Ofcom-licensed channel for Cambridge) on "The Science of Plant Breeding"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Dr Alison Bentley (Dec-15) Invited talk on wheat pre-breeding at the Annual NABIM R&D meeting, London  
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Dr Alison Bentley (Dec-15) Invited talk on wheat pre-breeding at the Annual NABIM R&D meeting, London
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Dr Alison Bentley (May 12-14th 2015) Central European Wheat Breeding meeting, Martonvasar, Hungard. talk; Exploiting wild AB and D diversity for wheat improvement. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Dr Alison Bentley (May 12-14th 2015) Central European Wheat Breeding meeting, Martonvasar, Hungard. talk; Exploiting wild AB and D diversity for wheat improvement.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Dr Alison Bentley (November 25-27th) BreedWheat/WISP meeting, Paris, France. Talk NIAB WISP Synthetics Pillar 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Dr Alison Bentley (November 25-27th) BreedWheat/WISP meeting, Paris, France. Talk NIAB WISP Synthetics Pillar
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Dr Alison Bentley (Sep-15) International Wheat Conference, Sydney, Australia. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Dr Alison Bentley (Sep-15) International Wheat Conference, Sydney, Australia. Talk ; Wheat pre-breeding: from germplasm to genomics. Alison Bentley, Richard Horsnell, James Cockram, Phil Howell, Fiona Leigh, Ian Mackay & Andy Greenland
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Dr Alison Bentley(Jan-16) Plant and Animal Genome San Diego, USA 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Dr Alison Bentley (Jan-16) Plant and Animal Genome San Diego, USA talk Developing climate resilient wheat: manipulating major genes and exploiting novel diversity Alison R Bentley, Richard Horsnell, Ahmad Shekhmous, Keith Gardner, Phil Howell, Ian Mackay & Andy Greenland
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Dr Fiona Leigh/ Dr Phil Howell / Prof Andy Greenland (Oct-15) Cambridge University CUDAR , TSL, Cambridge 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Supporters
Results and Impact Dr Fiona Leigh/ Dr Phil Howell / Prof Andy Greenland (Oct-15) Cambridge University CUDAR , TSL, Cambridge. Demonstration of wheat pre-breeding at NIAB to ~60 UoC alumni
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Dr Phil Howell (22/05/2015) Field demonstration at NIAB to Nuffield Arable Scholars of wheat resynthesis, wide crossing and pre-breeding  
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Dr Phil Howell (22/05/2015) Field demonstration at NIAB to Nuffield Arable Scholars of wheat resynthesis, wide crossing and pre-breeding
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Dr Phil Howell (April 29-May1st 2015), Monogram, Rothamsted. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Dr Phil Howell (April 29-May1st 2015), Monogram, Rothamsted. Talk; The systematic development and interrogation of novel pre-breeding germplasm. Phil Howell, Toby Barber, Alison Bentley, Richard Horsnell, Fiona Leigh, Gemma Rose, Tally Wright and Andy Greenland
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Dr Phil Howell (Aug-15) Sainsbury NIAB Talk on the potential of cereal pre-breeding to ~30 Sainsbury product/supply chain managers 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Dr Phil Howell (Aug-15) Sainsbury NIAB Talk on the potential of cereal pre-breeding to ~30 Sainsbury product/supply chain managers
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Dr Phil Howell (Jul-15) UEA MSc visit 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Dr Phil Howell (Jul-15).
UEA MSc visit NIAB Field demonstration of wheat resynthesis, wide crossing and pre-breeding to visiting MSc students
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Dr Phil Howell (Jun-15) NIAB Cambridge Science Day, NIAB; Talk entitled "Future wheat breeding techniques" including pre-brreding and resynthesis  
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Dr Phil Howell (Jun-15) NIAB Talk entitled "Future wheat breeding techniques" including pre-brreding and resynthesis at NIAB, Cambridge Science Day
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Dr Phil Howell 11/03/2015 Nottingham MSc and PhD NIAB Talk: Wheat pre-breeding and resynthesis  
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Dr Phil Howell 11/03/2015 visit to NIAB by Nottingham university MSc and PhD students. presentation; Wheat pre-breeding and resynthesis
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Dr Phil Howell 13/03/2015 Guild of Agricultural Journalists NIAB Glasshouse demonstration of lola/WISP and discussions with leading journalists from farming press  
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Dr Phil Howell 13/03/2015 Guild of Agricultural Journalists NIAB Glasshouse demonstration of lola/WISP and discussions with leading journalists from farming press
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Dr Phil Howell Apr-15 Article for BSPB 'Plant Breeding Matters' http://www.plantbreedingmatters.com/ Spring 2015 issue, circulated to all UK growers that declare FSS  
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Dr Phil Howell Apr-15 Article for BSPB 'Plant Breeding Matters' http://www.plantbreedingmatters.com/ Spring 2015 issue, circulated to all UK growers that declare FSS (farm saved seed)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Dr Phil Howell / Prof Andy Greenland / Dr Alison Bentley (29/10/2015) Visit from RRes 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Dr Phil Howell / Prof Andy Greenland / Dr Alison Bentley (29/10/2015) Visit from RRes delegation to NIAB.Explanation of pre-breeding capability to delegation of around 30 visitors from Rres (presentation and discussions)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Dr Phil Howell, breeders visits to WISP nurseries 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Dr Phil Howell (Jul-15) NIAB Field visits from several breeders, including European / global R&D personnel, to view WISP nurseries and discuss selections
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Eric Danquah visit to NIAB 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Visit to NIAB of Eric Danquah, Director of the West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement to discuss partnership opportunities (2/5/18)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Essex lecture 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Invited guest lecture "Wheat breeding and genetics" University of Essex 2nd Year Undergraduate Plant Sciences (22/01/2019)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description FSOV meeting presentation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited talk at GIEC FSOV meeting "Differentially penalized regression improves genomic prediction of wheat flowering time"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Feature on BBC Countryfile / BBC News 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Interview with Tom Heap on wheat re-synthesis and pre-breeding for BBC Countryfile programme and short segments for BBC News Footage can be viewed at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-22499425

Large impact. This feature and accompanying press release were widely reported in local, national and international media and we received technical enquiries from groups working as far afield as China, India, Canada and the USA. Within the UK it seemed to raise the profile of crop science and plant breeding in general, and the activities of NIAB in particular.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
URL https://thinkingcountry.wordpress.com/2013/05/16/the-future-of-wheat/
 
Description Genetics & Breeding research overview 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Meeting with Kristian Bennetsen & Griff Williams - to provide an overview of NIAB Genetics & Breeding research
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Hugo Oliviera visit 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Visit of Hugo Oliviera from University of Manchester to discuss collaborative opportunities in wheat genetics and pre-breeding (20/4/18)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description IWYP visit 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Hosting International Wheat Yield Partnership Programme Conference - visit to NIAB, including talks, glasshouse and field tour (80 international visitors) 12/6/19
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Interview for Arable Farming magazine 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Interview for comments/quotes published in 'Tools for a new plant breeding era', Andrew Blake, Arable Farming, June 2017 p26 - 27.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Invited research seminar 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited seminar from Alison Bentley on "Developments in wheat genetics and breeding" at The University of Adelaide (Waite Campus) Australia on 18/1/17 followed by a networking event and laboratory tours and visits. This led to many future avenues to be pursued for collaboration
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Invited seminar (Cranfield University) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited seminar at Cranfield University "Technology-driven plant breeding" followed by Q&A and networking event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Invited seminar (Indian Institute of Science) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited talk on "Developments in wheat genetics and breeding" at Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore (24/5/17) including a detailed Q&A and visits to a number of key departments to discuss future collaborative opportunities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Invited seminar (The University of Bristol, Biological Sciences) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Invited seminar (3/4/17) followed by networking lunch at The University of Bristol to describe work with a view to sharing knowledge and establishing new collaborative partnerships
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Invited seminar (The University of Southampton DTP summer school) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Invited seminar on "Developments in wheat genetics and breeding" at University of Southampton Food Security Doctoral Training Programme summer school (27/4/17) including 1 hour seminar, Q&A and attendance at networking dinner allowing extended discussions with Food Security PhD students.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Invited seminar (University of Adelaide, Australia) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited seminar at The University of Adelaide including Q&A session and networking event involving academics and industry
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Invited talk "Breeding technology for better crops" at the University of Cambridge Strategic Research Initiative in Synthetic Biology 'Café Synthetique' event 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited talk and Q&A session alongside a science historian about innovations in plant breeding. Engagement with academics and the general public to increase knowledge and awareness (20/2/17)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Invited talk "The future of crop genetics and breeding" at NIAB-TAG Lincolnshire Winter Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Invited talk (1/2/17) to NIAB-TAG members at a workshop event covering future innovations. Full day meeting attendance, including presentation and networking with industry.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Invited talk (Hutchinsons Arable Conference) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Invited talk on "Future Seeds & Technology" at Hutchinsons Arable Conference, Northampton (~220 agronomists)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Invited talk (Hutchinsons Winter Technical Conference) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Invited keynote talk at Hutchinsons Winter Technical Conference talk "Breeding tools & traits for sustainable productivity" including Q&A session plus stand with demonstration plants and printed material.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.hlhltd.co.uk/winter-technical-farming-conference-2017-presentations.html
 
Description Lecture to Limagrain global wheat breeding team 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk on wheat re-synthesis and pre-breeding to approx 40 breeding staff

Request for seed distribution to various Limagrain breeding locations
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Lecture to visiting MSc students 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Students from Nottingham University, talk about wheat pre-breeding and resynthesis

no actual impacts realised to date
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Lecture to visiting undergraduates from University of Cambridge 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Lecture of pre-breeding and wheat re-synthesis to approx 30 second year students

no actual impacts realised to date
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Lecture to visiting undergraduates from University of Cambridge, Oct 2014 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Talk led to interesting discussions afterwards

Some students expressed an interest in working / researching at NIAB in the future
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description NFU Crop Biotechnology Conversation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited lecture on wheat resynthesis and pre-breeding followed by informal discussions and demonstrations and a formal Q&A

no actual impacts realised to date
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
URL http://www.nfuonline.com/phil-howell-biotechnology-conversation-nov-2013/
 
Description NIAB Breeders Toolkit tour 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Hosting of Breeders Toolkit field visit to NIAB for partners from JIC and industry partners from Syngenta and LS Plant Breeding (5/7/17)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description NIAB Cambridge Director's Day  
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Dr Fiona Leigh /Dr Phil Howell/Dr Alison Bentley/Richard Horsnell (26/06/2015) Cambridge Director's Day, NIAB. Field demonstration of wheat resynthesis, wide crossing and pre-breeding + demonstration of wheat gluten characteristics to ~80 VIPs
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description NIAB Cambridge Open Day 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Manned demonstration plots and information boards to demonstrate the project aims and some of the materials developed

Several interactions and discussions with interested parties which have led to some follow-up actions
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description NIAB Cambridge Open Day 2015 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Dr Fiona Leigh /Dr Phil Howell/Dr Alison Bentley/Richard Horsnell (23/06/2015) NIAB Cambridge Open Day; Field demonstration of wheat resynthesis, wide crossing and pre-breeding + demonstration of wheat gluten characteristics to >300 visitors
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description NIAB Open Day 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact NIAB Open Day (27/6/17) including formal presentation of a seminar on the future of plant breeding innovation plus Q&A, tours of breeding material in the field and poster displays.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Nuffield Bioethics 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 18/6/18 Invited talk "Will new plant breeding technologies feed the world" at Nuffield Bioethics event on food sustainability, London
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Plenary lecture (University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore, India) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Plenary invited lecture on "Crop Genetics & Breeding" (25/5/17) at University of Agricultural Science, Bangalore, India as part of the Directorate of Post Graduate Studies "Post Graduate Science Week" 23-26th May 2017
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Press release - wheat resynthesis and pre-breeding 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Press release to coincide with BBC Countryfile broadcast This story generated a lot of interest and was taken up by the UK farming and mainstream press, and some international press eg Bloomberg, Huffington Post, Times of India etc Press release can be found at http://www.niab.com/news_and_events/article/282



Leaflet outlining the steps and projects discussed can be downloaded from http://www.niab.com/uploads/files/NIAB_Synthetic_Hexaploid_Wheat.pdf

no actual impacts realised to date
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
URL http://www.niab.com/uploads/files/NIAB_Synthetic_Hexaploid_Wheat.pdf
 
Description Prof Andy Greenland/Dr Alison Bentley/Dr Phil Howell/Dr Fiona Leigh/Richard Horsnell/Toby Barber (03/11/2015) WISP meeting, Bristol. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Prof Andy Greenland/Dr Alison Bentley/Dr Phil Howell/Dr Fiona Leigh/Richard Horsnell/Toby Barber (03/11/2015) WISP meeting, Bristol. Presentation (AB/PH) of project progress from NIAB Synthetics Pillar, plus discussions with delegates
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Prof Andy Greenland/Dr Phil Howell/Dr Fiona Leigh (10/11/2015) UoC DTP visit to NIAB 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Prof Andy Greenland/Dr Phil Howell/Dr Fiona Leigh (10/11/2015) UoC DTP visit to NIAB; Visit from 2015 DTP cohort; presentation (AG) and discussions
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Pulse community workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 10/6/18 Invited talk "The UK cereals community & NIAB wheat resources" to UK Pulse Community workshop
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description RANK Prize meeting talk 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact "Separating the wheat from the chaff: diversity as a driver/destroyer of genetic gain" Invited talk at RANK Prize Fund mini-symposium on "The Shape of Wheat to Come", Windermere, UK (21/2/18)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Radio 4 Farming Today 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Radio interview with Anna Hill discussing wheat re-synthesis and pre-breeding

no actual impacts realised to date
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Radio interview - Naked Scientists 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Radio interview with Ginny Smith discussing wheat re-synthesis and pre-breeding Podcast of interview can be downloaded

no actual impacts realised to date
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
URL http://nakeddiscovery.com/downloads/split_podcasts/13.05.23/Naked_Scientists_Show_13.05.23_1000805.m...
 
Description Sensako visit 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Visit of Marizanne Horn from Sensako, South Africa to discuss pre-breeding collaborations
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Sense About Science: Superwheat online Q&A 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Live online Q&A session to answer public questions about wheat breeding and genetics

no actual impacts realised to date
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
URL http://www.senseaboutscience.org/pages/what-would-your-super-wheat-look-like.html
 
Description Steve Thomas visit to NIAB 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Visit of Steve Thomas (Rothamsted Research) to discuss DFW germplasm exchange and collaborative opportunities (9/5/18)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Talk at French FSOV-funded project meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk describing novel progress in analysis methods entitled: "From SNP to GEBV: the use of marker and trait data in genomic prediction" (21/4/17) in Paris, France
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Talk to Cambridge University undergraduates 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Talk on NIAB pre-breeding research to second year plant sciences undergraduates

Researcher leading the visit has now become a research collaborator
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Talk to visitors from the Argentian Trade Mission 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Talk on "Plant Science into Practice: the pre-breeding revolution" to an Argentinian Trade Mission on visit to NIAB (22/3/17) including information about the UK breeding system and methods of funding.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description The Atlantic 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Contribution to The Atlantic commentary "Scientists Finally Crack Wheat's Absurdly Complex Genome" given on 16/08/2018
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2018/08/wheat-genome-is-best-thing-since-sliced-bread/56...
 
Description UKSBS group visit to NIAB 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Participation and presentation to "Research Sector" visit to Cambridge arranged by Linda Holliday (Director of Capacity and Skills Development, Medical Research Council, Chair of cross-research sector forum on immigration), Graeme Ross (Head of Immigration at University of Cambridge) and Stephen Longson (Head of Immigration at UKSBS/RCUK). Objective to allow staff from across government departments to experience the global, collaborative nature of science and research taking place in the UK, highlighting some of the interdependencies between immigration policy, research funding, Research Organisations and key stakeholders.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Undergraduate Industrial lecture 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Invited industrial lecture (12/12/18) on "Wheat genetics & breeding" at University of Essex (2nd Year undergrads) giving them context within their Food Security coursework
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Visit by second-year undergraduate students from University of Cambridge 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Presentation made on role of pre-breeding with examples from NIAB's work in cereals
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Visit of Agrii to NIAB 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Visit of Agrii to NIAB (20/7/17) to tour wheat pre-breeding plots and discuss potential collaborations taking material forward to commercialisation for specific end-uses.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Visit of GRDC (Australia) to NIAB 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Supporters
Results and Impact Hosted visit of the Australian Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) to NIAB (28/9/17) to explore partnering opportunities and to promote collaborations in crop breeding
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Visit of KWS wheat breeders to NIAB 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Visit of Mark Dodds and Lisa Bergstein, KWS wheat breeding to NIAB pre-breeding plots to select material to progress (12/7/17)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description WISP featured on sourdough school website 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Website article about the WISP project and wheat pre-breeding to accompany the podcast.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.sourdough.co.uk/heritage-grains-breeding-in-action/
 
Description WISP field day 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Field visit to demonstration plots and trials plots to discuss the WISP project with collaborators and industry end-users

Much discussion and plans for future work
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Wheat pre-breeding podcast with Vanessa Kimbell 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Interview to discuss the WISP project and wheat pre-breeding in the context of sustainable agriculture, improved nutrition and artisan baking.

Outcomes were the podcast and a website article
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://soundcloud.com/sourdoughsounds/phil-howell